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Friar's Bay

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Address: St. Maarten-St. Martin
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St Maarten Zumba Dance Class at Frais Bay
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Great local little beach

This is what locals call a "country" beach because on weekends, its where the local islands head to to picnic and chill. Its not as perfect as the beaches in Anguilla with lots of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 June 2016
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Panama City Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

Access it from the south. Avoid the dirt road going straight in. The bay is gorgeous xv looking straight at Anguilla. Water is calm on this side of the island. There is a wonderful first class restaurant right there. Lots of locals coming by boat. You may want to try the hike up to happy bay. It's only about five... More 

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New York, New York, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

This is what locals call a "country" beach because on weekends, its where the local islands head to to picnic and chill. Its not as perfect as the beaches in Anguilla with lots of hard stones at the entry way into the water and in the water itself but its quite relaxing and friendly locals even share their wine with... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016

The drive to find Friar's Beach had us wondering if we were safe... Upon renting the car the agent said to "stay out of the places that look like you shouldn't be there." That is pretty much everything on our drive to this location. I was even unsure of leaving our vehicle - we were parked in a dirt lot... More 

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South Lyon, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

We had a local recommend this beach. The sand was soft and the water clear and calm. Rented chairs. Snorkeled a little. Enjoyed this beach the most

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Ancaster, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016

We came to this beach many times. It is a favorite of ours. It is a small cove with tan coloured sand but the slope into the water makes it difficult to get in and out. Saw many people men and women wipeout here. It happened to me also. There are 2 places to rent chairs and umbrellas and they... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2016

This is a great calm beach and though it was just me and my wife, it would be perfect for a family with smail children because the waves are not large. The water is shallow/standing distance very far out from the beach making it super clear. The are two beach cafes hear to eat and hire a chair and umbrella... More 

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Los Angeles, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016 via mobile

We went Easter Weekend and had the most amazing time of our trip. With both Kali's Beach Bar and a French beach restaurant down the way (cash only) there was more than enough to eat and drink. And we spent hours enjoying the warm water, watching the boats and soccer players and local kids and families enjoying themselves, and listening... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016 via mobile

Beautiful beach that has two beach bars. The Roots and Friar's Bay Beach Cafe. Go to the Roots, service and drinks are much better. Beach is one of the most beautiful in St Martin! Our favorite place to be!

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016

This bay is well sheltered and provides for calm waters for a family friendly beach destination. The water is clear and stays shallow for a fair distance for the safety of little ones, with only a short stretch of rounded rocks between the sand of shore and the water.

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West Chester, Ohio
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2016

We were disappointed at the condition of this beach, especially with the "Swim at your own risk!" signs. Something that had to do with water quality was the reason they were posted. This had to be the worst beach that we toured all week.

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